Tour length: 1.5 hours
Location: 900 S. Beretania Street
Dates: Tuesday – Friday
Times: 9 + 10:30am
Group Size: 60 maximum
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Students will gain an understanding of the commonalities and cultural differences of the Pacific Rim cultures, through their exploration of art from the Philippines, Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.
Artwork on this tour:
Headdress (detail). Southeast Asia, Luang, Indonesia. 19th century. Gold sheet with repoussé, gold wire. Gift of The Christensen Fund, 2001 (10624.1). (Pictured above)
Students create a work of art inspired by artwork in the galleries. This project is included in the tour.
Add a film to your tour for FREE following the Thursday 9am tour.
E Ho‘omau! Animated Shorts
See local filmmakers’ beautifully animated renditions of traditional Hawaiian stories from the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning animated short-film series E Ho‘omau!,
E Ho‘omau! (to persevere; to learn from the past and perpetuate the good) is a culturally rich curriculum development project funded under the Native Hawaiian Education Program of the U.S. Department of Education.
Why Maui Snared The Sun
Directed, produced and animated by Michael Q. Ceballos. 2011. USA. 19 mins.
Long ago, Kalā (the sun) raced across the sky as he pleased, leaving the land and its people with short days and long, dark nights. Among those suffering from the lack of daylight was the goddess Hina, mother of Māui, the demigod. In order to make things pono (right), Māui summons all his courage and travels to the highest summit of Haleakalā, where he confronts the Mighty Kalā.
The Menehune and the Birds
Directed, produced and animated by Michael Q. Ceballos. 2011. USA. 23 mins.
Kēhau, a young Menehune boy, and his best friend, a little ‘elepaio bird, discover that a group of men has been killing the birds of the Kaua‘i rainforest in order to harvest their feathers faster. Kēhau and the ‘elepaio seek out the Menehune Chief and his warriors to help save their friends and find a way to change the habits of these men or risk losing the beautiful birds forever.
Pele Searches for a Home
Directed, produced and animated by Michael Q. Ceballos. 2011. USA. 25 mins.
Pele, the primal force of volcanic heat and lava, leaves her ancient home of Kahiki and searches out a new home for herself and her family. As she travels down the Hawaiian island chain, she is pursued by and battles her eldest sister Nāmaka, the goddess of water and the sea. After a climactic battle on the island of Maui, she finally finds refuge in Kīlauea on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.
Continue your museum experience back at school! Borrow artifacts related to your tour from the Lending Collection to use in the classroom. The Lending Collection is a free resource for island educators. Pre-packaged object trunks available for some tours, or hand pick objects from the collection for any tour. Contact Elizabeth (Beth) Doughty, Lending Collection Manager: email@example.com, 808-532-8736.
Hawaiʻi Department of Education Benchmarks
SS.2.2.1 Investigate the history of families using level-appropriate primary sources (e.g., artifacts, photographs, interviews, documents)
F.A.2.1.2 Use color to convey mood in works of art
F.A.2.1.4 Investigate how art is used in celebrations, festivals, and customs of selected cultures from the past and present.
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